China’s three warfares strategy for the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2003, China adopted the Three Warfares strategy to seize the South China Sea for economic and military purposes without triggering a war. The Chinese Communist Party, the Central Committee, and the Central Military Commission approved the strategy. China’s actions in the South China Sea must be viewed in light of its Three Warfares strategy. The First Warfare is a propaganda campaign, declaring to the world that the South China Sea belonged to China since antiquity. In the Position Paper it submitted to…

US is disrupting security in South China Sea: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China’s top diplomat has accused the United States and other Western nations of disrupting regional stability in the South China Sea, even as he urged South-east Asian countries to “press ahead” with the negotiations on a code to manage maritime and territorial disputes in the contested waters. In a wide-ranging annual press conference that lasted more than 90 minutes, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeatedly warned the US of interfering in its domestic affairs, although he also held out an olive branch to the new Biden administration, calling…

China vs America: the struggle for south-east Asia

Is Antony Blinken, President Joe Biden’s secretary of state, preparing to abandon Barack Obama’s powder-puff Asian foreign policies? It is now widely agreed that Obama, under whom Blinken served as deputy secretary of state, ceded to China uncontested control of the South China Sea. Obama’s so-called ‘pivot to Asia’ was all talk and no trousers. Blinken, who believes that diplomacy must be ‘supplemented by deterrence’, may be about to implement a more aggressive foreign policy in south-east Asia and elsewhere. In his first speech as general secretary of the Communist…

Asia Minute: Busy Times for International Ships in South China Sea

President Joe Biden spent two hours on the phone this week with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Wednesday’s wide-ranging talk covered both some areas of dispute and those with the potential for cooperation. The initial phone call between the two leaders came near the end of a busy week in the South China Sea.   This week, for only the third time in the past nine years, two U.S. aircraft carrier groups held military exercises in the South China Sea this week. There was a similar move this past July, but…

Philippines to beef up naval presence in disputed South China Sea, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (REUTERS) – The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fishermen, its new military chief said, as concerns grow about the operations of China’s coastguard in disputed waters. The move comes after the Philippines protested a new law in China that allows its coastguard to board or open fire on foreign vessels in waters it regards as its territory, which officials said could heighten risks of a miscalculation. “We will increase our visibility through the deployment of more naval assets, but…

New Biden era of confrontation in the South China Sea – Asia Times

All the pieces are falling into place for a new era of US-China confrontation in the South China Sea under the newly inaugurated Joe Biden administration. On Wednesday, Beijing said its deployment of a squadron of fighter jets into Taiwan’s airspace last weekend was meant as a “somber warning” to “external powers”, a thinly veiled threat to the US. On the same day, the US State Department said in a statement that the US’ 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines “will apply to armed attacks against Philippine armed forces,…

China Builds New Housing on Key South China Sea Island to Support Growing Population — Radio Free Asia

China is set to construct new housing to accommodate nearly 400 people on Woody Island, a sign of its effort to support a growing population on this key outpost in the disputed South China Sea, Chinese government documents and satellite imagery show. Bidding documents acquired by Radio Free Asia show that local officials started planning the public housing facility in mid-2020. It is the fifth such facility to be built on Woody since 2012, when China established Sansha City on the island to administer the Paracels, Spratlys, and other contested…

The biggest issue for all Asia – The Manila Times

WILL the new administration of President Joseph Biden escalate or moderate the rivalry between China and the United States for dominance in Asia? More than any other issue, how that geopolitical question is answered will have the greatest impact on the region in the 2020s, and most especially on the Philippines. (The follow-up article on coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 vaccination is deferred to await new developments, including reports on the safety and efficacy of vaccines amid the initial roll-out in wealthy nations.) Judging from both historical factors and current…